Update- UWM students help pay the freight for Malawi aid

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing students who headed to Malawi Jan. 6 brought along some extra baggage to help people in one of the poorest areas of the world.

The College of Nursing received donations of $870 to help pay the fees for the  25 students to take extra bags filled with clothing, shoes and other supplies. This is the third year nursing faculty and students have spent UWM’s winter session, UWinteriM, visiting clinics, orphanages and hospitals in southern Malawi.

Each year, the students bring along as many useful supplies as they can gather, stuffed into their luggage. This year, students, staff and faculty gathered more donated items than they could bring in their own carry-on luggage so UWM’s Office of Development set up a separate fund to support the College of Nursing’s work in Malawi. Students, faculty and staff used Facebook, a story on the UWM website and an appearance on Channel 6’s Morning Show to raise funds to pay the $50 per bag fee for extra bags.   

Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu, an assistant professor of nursing who grew up in Malawi and does research on health issues there, was the lead faculty member on the trip. Patricia Stevens, professor of nursing and HIV/AIDS researcher, and Anne Banda, director of Nursing’s Center for Cultural Diversity and Global Health also accompanied the students.  

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